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Poster: Harry Wilson Date: Nov 10, 2018 9:11pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: Complete Broadcast Day D-Day

Prepare to feel silly: It's the feminine spelling; the singer is Jeri Sullivan herself (although on at least June 6 1944, the New York Times lists her as Jeri 'Sullavan')

Another episode of this show, from February 17 1944, can be heard on this page:

Jeri Sullivan's singing also appears on several tracks of this 1948 album, from The Archive's great 78 collection:

Also in the 78 collection is one of the tunes that she had a hand in writing (again credited as Jeri 'Sullavan'), along with Paul Baron and Morey Amsterdam (!), The Andrews Sisters hit 'Rum And Coca-Cola':


Upon further digging, it seems that the pedigree of Rum And Coca-Cola is not so clear-cut. The melody is from a Martinicquan folk song, and the lyrics originated with the awesomely-named Trinidadian calypso singer Lord Invader. In 1948 a lawsuit returned credit for the lyrics to Invader, along with $150,000 in royalties, but Amsterdam was allowed to retain the copyright to the song.

Here's the Wikipedia article on the history of Rum And Coca-Cola:

This post was modified by Harry Wilson on 2018-11-11 05:11:29

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Poster: g_gillespie Date: Nov 12, 2018 4:27am
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: Complete Broadcast Day D-Day

OK, now this is embarrassing! Thanks for the quick reply, and the additional links for this wonderful singer. Cheers!